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The Tapajos Red Head, a captivating and relatively peaceful species, stands as a rare gem in the aquarium hobby, promising to infuse any tank with vibrant red hues and a touch of elegance. Native exclusively to the Rio Tapajos within the Amazon River basin of South America, these fish epitomize beauty and grace.

Much like their Geophagus counterparts, Tapajos Cichlids exhibit a penchant for continuously sifting through sand in search of sustenance. Sporting striking orange-red heads complemented by a base coloration ranging from tan to gray, adorned with subtle vertical banding and iridescent scales in shades of gold to green, they are a sight to behold. Their fins boast a mesmerizing blend of gold-green to orange-red hues, accentuated by a distinctive black ocellus spot adorning their upper lateral line.

To provide optimal care for Tapajos, an aquarium of at least 200 liters is recommended, complete with a fine sand substrate and ample hiding spots such as driftwood, rock structures, or dense vegetation. While they may indulge in sifting and burrowing activities, it's essential to note their tendency to snack on live plant species, making live plants attached to driftwood and rocks or potted plants preferable.

Thriving in warm, soft, acidic, and clean water conditions, along with subdued lighting, Tapajos prefer to dwell in groups and exhibit a peaceful demeanor, making them suitable for community setups. However, careful consideration should be given to tank mates, ensuring compatibility in terms of size.

As omnivores, Tapajos primarily feed from the aquarium bottom but may surface for frozen bloodworms. Offering a varied diet comprising live, prepared, frozen, or freeze-dried foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, blackworms, krill, flake food, and soft sinking cichlid pellets ensures their nutritional needs are met.


Species – Geophagus sp. “Rio Tapajós Red Head”
Common Name – Red Head Tapajós
Origin – Rio Tapajos within the Amazon River basin of South America.
Diet – Omnivore
pH Range – 5.5-6.5
Temperature – Tropical 24–29°C
Breed Type – Egg layer
Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 15cm)
Sex – Un-sexed

Geophagus Tapajos

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